Rother, Michael

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Rother, Michael - Flammende Herzen Flammende Herzen
Electronic Used - LP 007 Sky
Mint 1977 German Laminated Jacket Original.... more details
 
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Sterntaler
Pop Used - LP 013 Sky
1978 German Original. ... more details
 
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Silver Streak
Pop Used - LP 831125 Airea
1986 Canadian Issue. COH. Appears Unplayed. Originally Released In 1982 as "Fernwarme". Former Member Of Both Kraftwerk & Neu!, This Was Rother's Fourth Solo Release And Signaled A Move Away From Guitars And To Atmospheric Washes Of Keyboards. Hence The Marketing Angle Attempting To Tag Him As A "New Age" Artist.... more details
 
Rother, Michael - Katzenmusik Katzenmusik
Pop Used - LP 033 Sky
Beautiful 1979 German Laminated Jacket Original. Unplayed Condition.... more details
 
Rother, Michael - Sterntaler Sterntaler
Pop New - LP 821 400 Polydor
Sealed Second Issue (Originals Were On Sky) Of The 1978 Album. “Sterntaler Marked The Beginning Of Michael Rother's Deep Preoccupation With Introspective Melodies Projected Outward. Where Flammende Herzen Was Full Of Anthemic Instrumental Rock That Was Constructed To Be Just That, Sterntaler Is More Reflective Even If Its Drive Is As Insistent And Mechanically Accurate. Again Collaborating With Producer Conny Plank And Can's Drummer, Jaki Leibzeit, Rother Set Out With Sterntaler To Create True Electronic Rock Music -- Even If What He Came Up With Was The First Real Ambient Trance Music. Unlike His Former Bandmates In Kraftwerk And Harmonia Who Had Wholeheartedly Embraced Electronic Music As An End In And Of Itself, Rother Was Deeply Entrenched In The Idea That The Entire Idea For Synthesizers And Drum Machines Was To Make Rock & Roll Itself More Futuristic. What's So Odd About That Notion Is His Method Of Composition. On The Opener, "Sonnenrad," His Signature Electric Guitar Sound Plays Melodies That Are Almost Folk-Like In Their Simplicity Over His Trademark Motorik Percussion And Rhythmic Churn. On "Blauer-Regen" Leibzeit's Cymbals Mark The Simple Chord Changes On An Introspective Ballad Filled With The Sounds Of Falling Rain Cascading Down Through The Guitars. "Stremlinien" And The Title Track Are More Hypnotic Rock Tracks With Veritable Choruses Of Guitars All Playing The Same Notes In Harmony Over A Cut-Time Drumbeat And Leibzeit's Percussive Embellishments. Keyboards Swim Through The Mix, Creating A Chords Progression -- Though It Feels Like One Phrase Over And Over Again -- And Rother Concentrates On Using A Slide Guitar To Control And Advance Dynamics In The Swirl. This Is Awesome Driving Music, Perfect Maybe For The Autobahn, But Certainly For American Two-Lane Blacktops During The First Flush Of Fall.” – Thom Jurek. AMG... more details
 
Rother, Michael - Esperanza Esperanza
Prog Used - LP AP 001 Apostrophe
Stunning 1996 2LP 150gm Gatefold Private Press On Apostrophe Productions. Rother's Eight Solo Album, It Includes Four Bonus Tracks Not On The CD. Limited To 1000 Copies, Pressed At RTI.... more details
 
Rother, Michael - Fernwarme Fernwarme
Prog New - LP 2372 111 Polydor
Sealed 1982 German Original. "After Issuing His Classic Third Album, Katzenmusik, The First Real Anthemic Electronic Trance Record And The Culmination Of Everything Rother Had Worked On With Flammende Herzen And Sterntaler, A Change In Direction Was Necessary. First Was The Separation From His Production Alliance With Conny Plank And Drummer Jaki Leibzeit. For The First Time, Rother Delved Deeper Into The Keyboards Than He Did His Guitars, And There Has Been No Turning Back Since. While Simple Rhythmic Structures Still Dominate The Album, They Are Muted And Deeper In Tone. It's As If The Bass Drum Was Put Under A Pillow And Programmed; The Guitars Slip Into The Background As Atmospheric Color And The Keyboards Themselves Multiply And Become Not Only The Primary Textural Elements, But The Primary Chromatic And Timbral Ones As Well. This Is, By And Large, Extremely Meditative Music; It Exists In The Dark Tones Of Black And Gray And Feels More Opaque In Its Constructions. Gone Are The Soaring Melodies Ofkatzenmusik That Threatened To Come Right Through The Speakers And Bust Open The Listener's Heart With Their Optimism And Emotion. They Are Replaced With Fragments, Smaller Ideas That Echo And Turn In On Them As They Develop. When The Guitars Do Present Them, They Stay Far From The Motorik Rock & Roll Of Earlier Recordings And Become Instead The Pillars Of A Framework Whose Ambiguity Lies Solely In Its Lack Of Distinguishing One Track From Another. In Other Words, Fernwärme Is A Tapestry Of Instrumental Songs Whose Theme Is Far Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts, With The Possible Exception Of "Erikonig," Which Offers Glimpses Of The Motorik Sound And The Twin Guitar Flanges, But Even Here, It's In A Minor Key, Its Effect Is More Subdued And Reflective, Even Somber. Does This Make It A Bad Record? Far From It.Fernwärme Is A Beautiful Recording, A Move Away From Convention And Into Invention, And One That Marks A Real Transition In German Rock Music In Particular. Welcome To The Darkness." - Thom Jurek, AMG... more details
 
Rother, Michael - Sterntaler Sterntaler
Prog Used - LP 13 Sky
1978 Laminated Jacket German Original. "Sterntaler Marked The Beginning Of Michael Rother's Deep Preoccupation With Introspective Melodies Projected Outward. Where Flammende Herzen Was Full Of Anthemic Instrumental Rock That Was Constructed To Be Just That, Sterntaler Is More Reflective Even If Its Drive Is As Insistent And Mechanically Accurate. Again Collaborating With Producer Conny Plank And Can's Drummer, Jaki Leibzeit, Rother Set Out With Sterntaler To Create True Electronic Rock Music -- Even If What He Came Up With Was The First Real Ambient Trance Music. Unlike His Former Bandmates In Kraftwerk And Harmonia Who Had Wholeheartedly Embraced Electronic Music As An End In And Of Itself, Rother Was Deeply Entrenched In The Idea That The Entire Idea For Synthesizers And Drum Machines Was To Make Rock & Roll Itself More Futuristic. What's So Odd About That Notion Is His Method Of Composition. On The Opener, "Sonnenrad," His Signature Electric Guitar Sound Plays Melodies That Are Almost Folk-Like In Their Simplicity Over His Trademark Motorik Percussion And Rhythmic Churn. On "Blauer-Regen" Leibzeit's Cymbals Mark The Simple Chord Changes On An Introspective Ballad Filled With The Sounds Of Falling Rain Cascading Down Through The Guitars. "Stremlinien" And The Title Track Are More Hypnotic Rock Tracks With Veritable Choruses Of Guitars All Playing The Same Notes In Harmony Over A Cut-Time Drumbeat And Leibzeit's Percussive Embellishments. Keyboards Swim Through The Mix, Creating A Chords Progression -- Though It Feels Like One Phrase Over And Over Again -- And Rother Concentrates On Using A Slide Guitar To Control And Advance Dynamics In The Swirl. This Is Awesome Driving Music, Perfect Maybe For The Autobahn, But Certainly For American Two-Lane Blacktops During The First Flush Of Fall." - Thom Jurek, AMG... more details
 
Rother, Michael - Flammende Herzen Flammende Herzen
Prog Used - LP 7 Sky
Beautiful 1977 Laminated Jacket German Original. Jacket Has A Hint Of Ring Wear, Light Foxing. Vinyl Is Gorgeous. "Michael Rother Was The Guitar And Keyboard Playing Half Of The Groundbreaking Krautrock Group Neu, And Earlier, A Founding Member Of Kraftwerk. Flammende Herzen (Flaming Heart) Is His First Solo Album, Recorded By And Produced By Conny Plank In 1976 And Issued At The Dawn Of Punk In 1977. Flammende Herzen Is, In A Sense, The Complete And Utter Flowering Of A Vision Rother Held From Kraftwerk Through His Work With Klaus Dinger In Neu And Through His Short-Term Collaboration With Moebius And Roedelius In Harmonia. Rother's Signature Guitar Sound Is Twinned With An Analog Delay, The Simple Mechanical Or "Motorik" Percussion All Wound Around Simple, Yet Transcendent, Melodies That Are Nearly Anthemic In Their Strident Execution. With Percussion Assistance From Jaki Leibzeit Of Can, Rother Crafts A Driving, Soaring Ride Into The Sonic Abyss That Is Rich With Melody And Rock & Roll Rhythm. For Rother, Music Is A Thing Filled With Light, And Tracks Such As The Title, "Zyklodrom," And "Karussell" Feature A Cylindrical Weave Of Electronic And Organic Percussion, Opaque But Insistent Synthesizers Playing Chord Progressions, And, Of Course, Acoustic And Electric Guitars Either Chiming In Single- And Double-String Brucknerian Motifs Or Churning On Two Or Three Chords Hypnotically Into The Ether. While Some Of The Themes Presented Here Later Became The Foundation For A Ponderous Kind Of New Age Disc Music, There Is Plenty Of Spaced-Out Psychedelia And Churning Rock & Roll Ellipsis Here ("Feuerland") For Fans Of Early Krautrock. This Remains One Of Rother's Strongest And Most Visionary Records." - Thom Jurek, AMG... more details
 
Rother, Michael - Fernwarme Fernwarme
Prog Used - LP 2372 111 Polydor
1981 German Original. Glossy, Unplayed Condition. "After Issuing His Classic Third Album, Katzenmusik, The First Real Anthemic Electronic Trance Record And The Culmination Of Everything Rother Had Worked On With Flammende Herzen And Sterntaler, A Change In Direction Was Necessary. First Was The Separation From His Production Alliance With Conny Plank And Drummer Jaki Leibzeit. For The First Time, Rother Delved Deeper Into The Keyboards Than He Did His Guitars, And There Has Been No Turning Back Since. While Simple Rhythmic Structures Still Dominate The Album, They Are Muted And Deeper In Tone. It's As If The Bass Drum Was Put Under A Pillow And Programmed; The Guitars Slip Into The Background As Atmospheric Color And The Keyboards Themselves Multiply And Become Not Only The Primary Textural Elements, But The Primary Chromatic And Timbral Ones As Well. This Is, By And Large, Extremely Meditative Music; It Exists In The Dark Tones Of Black And Gray And Feels More Opaque In Its Constructions. Gone Are The Soaring Melodies Ofkatzenmusik That Threatened To Come Right Through The Speakers And Bust Open The Listener's Heart With Their Optimism And Emotion. They Are Replaced With Fragments, Smaller Ideas That Echo And Turn In On Them As They Develop. When The Guitars Do Present Them, They Stay Far From The Motorik Rock & Roll Of Earlier Recordings And Become Instead The Pillars Of A Framework Whose Ambiguity Lies Solely In Its Lack Of Distinguishing One Track From Another. In Other Words, Fernwärme Is A Tapestry Of Instrumental Songs Whose Theme Is Far Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts, With The Possible Exception Of "Erikonig," Which Offers Glimpses Of The Motorik Sound And The Twin Guitar Flanges, But Even Here, It's In A Minor Key, Its Effect Is More Subdued And Reflective, Even Somber. Does This Make It A Bad Record? Far From It.Fernwärme Is A Beautiful Recording, A Move Away From Convention And Into Invention, And One That Marks A Real Transition In German Rock Music In Particular. Welcome To The Darkness." - Thom Jurek, AMG... more details
 
Rother, Michael - Traumreisen Traumreisen
Electronic Used - LP 833 685 Polydor
1987 Original. Appears Glossy, Unplayed. Cover Is VG++.... more details
 

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